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Barnes: A Point Gained

7 April 2015

Ashley Barnes says Burnley remain confident they can keep picking up points against the Premier League’s top teams.

The Clarets held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw at Turf Moor on Easter Sunday, having got the better of champions Manchester City in their previous home outing.

Sean Dyche’s men also earned another precious point when they came from behind away at league leaders Chelsea in February.

And with in-form Arsenal next to visit Turf Moor on Saturday, Barnes believes the draw against Spurs once again provides Burnley with a platform to build on.

He said: “It was definitely a point gained, for sure.

“We know how good they are and it was a tough game, but I thought we had the edge on them and we could have nicked it right at the end with Boydie’s header.

“It was disappointing to lose at Southampton, where we had the best chances, but we moved on and I think we were very good again on Sunday – keeping the ball and moving it quick.

“Obviously, the fans were magnificent again; it was so loud and it just gives you that twelfth man that you need and that puts them under pressure.

“They couldn’t live with us at times and if we could have just nicked that goal, it would have been special.

“I think it’s just about confidence when we play against the top teams. They give you time on the ball, a chance to play your own game and we’ve got to take it into our hands.

“We can look forward to Arsenal now next week and hopefully we can nick another point, if not three.

“Everyone had written us off with this run of games, but we’re just slowly nicking points and if we can get some more against Arsenal, it will be brilliant.”

Burnley’s recent good results have coincided with Barnes having been switched to left midfield; a position he had played before in his career.

And although he admits that he initially found it difficult to adapt to his new role, he is always happy to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the team.

He added: “It was tough to begin with!

“I played there for Brighton in a 4-3-3, but this is a bit different in a 4-4-2.

“You have to run up and down the wing a lot, but I’m enjoying it and as long as we can keep nicking points to get results, I don’t mind where I play.

“If I can keep getting up and down the pitch, help my team-mates and offer something in attack with my strike partners, so be it!”

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